Giant Rats

Posted on December 19, 2007  Comments (1)

Giant rat found in ‘lost world

The trip was the second time that CI had visited the Foja Mountains, part of the Mamberamo Basin, the largest pristine tropical forest in the Asia Pacific region. In 2005, the area was dubbed a “lost world” after scientists discovered dozens of new plants and animals in the dense jungle.

the most surprising finds of the trip were the two new species of mammal – the Cercarteus pygmy possum and Mallomys giant rat. “The giant rat is about five times the size of a typical city rat,” said Kristofer Helgen, a scientist with the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. “With no fear of humans, it apparently came into the camp several times during the trip.”

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One Response to “Giant Rats”

  1. vinodka
    December 22nd, 2007 @ 2:15 pm

    If a giant rat has been found, I am sure there must be a giant cat somewhere to deal with it. The only thing is to find out that giant cat and put it near the giant rat, so that the cat is not left to go on killing the small rats only, which are not sufficient food for her.

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